TUNE Easy Life - Nightmares
Easy Life premiere new single, ‘Nightmares’
‘Later…with Jools Holland’ appearance confirmed
UK Headline tour on sale now
"One of the most buzzed about bands...undisputed bops" Wonderland
“Woozy, cheeky…Arctic Monkeys meets Mac Demarco, spitting out Kate Tempest-esque lyrics” The Times
"Sounds like nothing else... Easy Life are set to take 2018 by storm" The Line Of Best Fit
"Confident and charismatic...blending together hip-hop, jazz and indie elements into an invigorating package" DIY
"A lavish mutation on hip-hop, one that looks set to take over even more in 2018" Notion
"Blending sensual slow-jams with genuine pop hits...god they make it look so effortless" NME
“Full of irresistible hooks and the trials of youth” Dork
Easy Life have today released new single ‘Nightmares’, which is available now on Island Records. The idiosyncratic Leicester five-piece have also been confirmed to appear on ‘Later…with Jools Holland’, making their live TV debut on October 2nd (with the extended broadcast airing on Saturday October 6th). Easy Life’s UK headline tour begins in November, featuring a London date at Moth Club on November 21st, with further single details and more new music expected soon.
Produced alongside Fraser T. Smith (Stormzy, Adele, Drake), ‘Nightmares’ is a confident, charismatic twist on those long days (and nights) when you feel anything but. Blending hip-hop swing, jazzy horns and the band’s innate ear for pop hooks, ‘Nightmares’ – says the band’s lead-singer, Murray – “started with the trumpet sample that we loved from Dionne Warwick’s version of Burt Bacharach’s ‘Loneliness Remembers What Happiness Forgets’. This instantly gave us the feels, and the rest just kind of fell into place.” The result is a positive, uplifting take on a young generation – as the lyrics to ‘Nightmares’ put it – with “everybody on the late night shift / everybody on the brink of crisis.”
Few new acts announced their arrival quite like Easy Life, yet Easy Life are in many ways like few other new bands: a group of multi-instrumental, multi-tasking and multi-talented young men who appear as at home with their free-wheeling sound as they are baring their soul. With just a handful of early material – breakout single ‘Pockets’, debut mixtape ‘Creature Habits’, and the sun-kissed grooves of ‘Frank’ – here is a band whose sound seeks to join the dots between the optimistic gospel-rap of Chance The Rapper, the scattergun storytelling of Arctic Monkeys, and the velvety vibes of vintage Dilla (all through the lens of “rainy middle England”).
Beneath the musical bravado, then, things clearly haven’t come easily for Easy Life – which is precisely the point. Murray was raised and has worked all his life on the Leicesteshire farm run by his parents, selling potatoes, plucking turkeys, and learning from an early age the value of getting your hands dirty to get where you want to be. He formed the band on a whim in late 2017 with bassist, saxophonist, singer and school friend Sam, after bonding over classic hip-hop as kids in the Midlands. Also in their ranks are Afrobeat-obsessed drummer Cass, guitarist Louis and Jordan, on percussion, keys and backing vocals. What’s emerged – albeit by accident – is a manifesto to truly live by. “Easy Life is a form of escapism,” says Murray. “Living is proving to be increasingly difficult with all the pressures that modern life brings, and easy life rejects this materialistic philosophy; easy life is a hedonistic vision. When we coined the name there was a lot less thinking involved, but it feels like we have embodied the name over time rather than setting out from day one knowing exactly what it is we were looking for.”
With ‘Nightmares’, their TV debut and first ever nationwide tour all in front of them, Easy Life’s candid, occasionally-tongue-in-cheek but always-honest songwriting points to an exciting end to a year spent honing their craft. Thrillingly, Easy Life also appear the type of ambitious young band who will grab with both hands the surprise break they’ve grafted for.
November 7 | Leeds | Oporto
November 8 | Manchester | Deaf Institute
November 9 | Glasgow | Broadcast
November 10 | Nottingham | Bodega
November 14 | Brighton | Green Door Store
November 17 | Newcastle | Think Tank?
November 21 | London | Moth Club
November 22 | Leicester | Dryden Street Social
November 23 | Bristol | Louisiana
November 24 | Oxford | Cellar